This May, Martin de Lasa was awarded the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association (CAIAC) dissertation prize for an "outstanding dissertation completed in a Canadian University during 2010 in the field of Artificial Intelligence". de Lasa's research interests span computer graphics, robotics, and biomechanics, and his supervisor was Aaron Hertzmann. See more information on his award here.
Daniel Vogel received the 2010 Bill Buxton Best Canadian HCI Dissertation Award. The citation lists his thesis as "an example of a highly rigorous, systematic and very thorough investigation into hand occlusion. It investigates the largely overlooked problem of a user's hand blocking the display when using a direct input device such as a pen. His work reveals the many problems that arise from hand occlusion, particularly how it affects target selection. Daniel developed a sophisticated geometrical model to represent the shape of the occluded area, and introduced novel techniques that mitigated this problem via occlusion-aware interfaces. His work exhibits considerable attention to details, to visual presentation of results, and to novel methodologies for study design, logging, and analysis". Daniel's supervisor was Ravin Balakrishnan. See more on Daniel's award here.
Alex Levinshtein was awarded the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society (CIPPRS) Doctoral Dissertation Award for 2010, for his Ph.D. thesis "Low and Mid-level Shape Priors for Image Segmentation". The thesis was completed under the co-supervision of Sven Dickinson and Cristian Sminchisescu, an adjunct professor in DCS. Alex's Ph.D. focus was on finding generic object-invariant regularities that would help in tasks such as perceptual grouping, segmentation and generic part detection. See more information about the CIPPRS award here.
In June, Jorge Baier was awarded Honorable Mention for the Best Dissertation Award at the 2011 International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS), the premier international conference on AI automated planning. Jorge's supervisor was Sheila McIlraith and his award-winning dissertation was entitled, "Effective Search Techniques for Non-Classical Planning via Reformulation."
Congratulations to all of you, on these very impressive achievements!